Andrew J. Hewett

Monday, February 2, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1107)



A CASH INCENTIVE THEFT

A Detroit postal employee, Sharon Berrien, was accused by Federal authorities of stealing some 2,000 pieces of mail and keeping any cash found. On Nov. 21, 2014, 800 pieces were found in Berrien’s trash and three other bags inside her closet. Saying the theft was caused by boredom, she “kept” between $1,000 and $1,500.  (http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/12/08/bored-postal-worker-accused-of-stealing-cash-from-greeting-cards/)

MAYBE “SMOKED” BEFORE SHIPPING

Police in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, had no problem last November intercepting a shipment of 30 pounds of marijuana, so carelessly packaged and shipped from California by U.S. Mail, it literally “stank.” Police Chief Darrell Rowe said the scent of the packages was so strong, even though he used the department's K-9 unit, "the dog kind of looked at us (as if to say), 'Do you really need me for this?'" (WTKR-TV, 11-11-14)

CITY PIGEONS NEED DIAPERS
Marcus Dodge, director of the Parking Authority in Fairbanks, Alaska, estimates a worker there picks up 150 gallons of pigeon dung annually and roofers last summer found 6 inches of pigeon guano on the roof of the Courthouse Square. According to a government report, a pigeon can produce 25 pounds of guano each year. (In fact, pigeon droppings may have sped decay of a Minneapolis bridge across the Mississippi River, which collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people. (http://www.adn.com/article/20141208/pigeon-dung-problem-grows-downtown-fairbanks)

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